Fluid Football – pass, shoot, goal! Run tactical plays like the coach in this addictive Football (Soccer) game
Oct 30, 2012 9:35 AM –
Fluid Football is a freemium tactical football (soccer) game for Android. The game presents a series of scenarios where you must pass your way around defenders before shooting to score. Work your way through league and cup trophies as the situations and skills required get progressively harder. If you enjoyed New Star Soccer, this could be your next big fix.
Price: Free, plus In-app Purchases
Tested on: HTC One X
Pros & Cons:
- Good graphics and brilliant UI design!
- Stupidly addictive gameplay!
- Lots of fun and thoroughly rewarding!
- Top notch sound and commentary!
- Controls take a little getting used to at first.
Fluid Football is a tactical strategy game based on a football field. Manoeuvre your players via passing and dribbling around the pitch in order to outwit defenders and score the winning goal. Each goal represents a game which you must win to progress. Each trophy consists of 8 matches and you essentially get 3 trophies for free. Translated, you get 24 levels for free, then you have to purchase new trophies.
When you start up the game initially, it’s worth heading to the academy section to learn how to play. Here you are taught how to pass, dribble, run into space and shoot. It looks easy to start with but at first I found it a bit tricky to pick up; pressing on a player and dragging to pass sometimes results in him dribbling instead, so your presses have to be very accurate. To be honest I found it to be a skill you get better at as you progress.
The user interface (menus, etc.) are very good, although I found sometimes arrow buttons were a little unresponsive. The graphics are excellent for the type of game it is and ever-so-slightly-better than those in New Star Soccer. I note there has been quite a few comparisons between Fluid Football and New Star Soccer. While the former has more in the way of on-field gameplay, the latter certainly trumps with its off-field life strategy elements. Therefore, if you enjoyed the passing and shooting element of New Star Soccer, you’ll find Fluid Football hugely rewarding.
The result of all these factors makes for a highly addictive and fun game that is challenging yet very hard to put down. You get a reasonable 24 levels for free and then there are in-app purchases for advanced tournaments, some of which are bundled together in a way that lets you save money. This does mean you have to pay out for things, but also that the game doesn’t feature horrible advertising and invasive splash pages, thank goodness. 😉
Watch on Mobile
Fluid Football – Goal
Fluid Football – Pass, run dribble and shoot your way to glory
Fluid Football – Learn to dribble through opponents
Fluid Football – Lost
Fluid Football – Complete objectives
Fluid Football – Andy Gray
Fluid Football – Kit editing
Fluid Football – Level select
Fluid Football – Store
Fluid Football – Settings
It is tricky at first, but if you’re persistent the game is very rewarding. Creating clever runs and nailing long accurate passes is pure footballing joy. Obviously you have to appreciate the game, but if you love football/soccer I’m sure you’ll ‘get’ it.
Once you’ve completed a level and mastered the controls, it’s difficult to put the game down. Games get progressively tougher and the scenarios more complex. The clever game design is significant here and a lot of thought has gone into the strategy required to complete the levels.
While the in-game visuals cannot match up to the likes found in FIFA 2012 and Real Soccer 2012/2013, they still look good and provide both (almost) aerial views and first-person perspectives that are not dissimilar to Flick Soccer. As the name implies, graphics are ‘fluid’ and work really well.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The sound is excellent, both via music and in-game commentary. I should mention that the game includes commentary from Richard Keys and Andy Gray. Now, while their grasp of gender politics is abysmal (Google it), their contribution to Fluid Football is top notch and the audio they provide works really well with the game. (You can also turn it all off if you want to though!)
Tags: Android App
, Android Apps
, Android Game
, AndroidTapp.com App Review
, Andy Gray
, Fluid Football
, New Star Soccer
, Real Soccer
, Richard Keys
Categorised in: Sports Games